The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
the average casual player (which is like 90-95% of player base) normally come on do some dailys run a few instances and maybe sit around in a city for a bit chatting with friends. With that the dailys pay 16-20g and currently only being able to do 25 dailys in a day thats 450g a day give or take. So thats 3150g a week again give or take and a month is around 12600g.
So the average player if they wanted to buy the 120k mount thats almost 10 months of saving. if you add in the weekly dungeon runs you might get up around 15k a month which might shave off a couple of months of saving.
You're underestimating, by a relatively strong margin, I might add, the amount of gold one can make if they're spending enough time each day to do dailies. Mobs drop things worth selling when you kill them. If you're doing 25 dailies each day, odds are fairly good you're going to get plenty of things worth putting on the AH and numerous things worth vendoring for decent profit. Add in a gathering skill and you'll make an even larger monthly profit, even if you only gather things you see while doing dailies. It gets even sillier if you factor in the use of certain quest rewards to make profit(JC tokens were always a steady source of non-negligible profit for me).
I sincerely believe it's a little too doom and gloom to think that someone who spends time each day doing all their dailies will even have to worry that it'll take 10 months to get a 120k mount.
In my 7 years of playing i have found a total of 2 epics while doing current content. but then again my luck in that department is bad. S.ure you grab a few silver off mob kills and if you lucky youll find a pattern or blue equipment you can sell for a few thousand near the beginning of an expac. but that deals in luck which not everyone is lucky. and the common and scrap items you might sell add up but not that quickly.
Also yes you have your gathering professions but not everyone wants to spend hours a day gathering and doing nothing else and a stack here or there in the AH does not add up to quick gold.
Just as an example i didnt buy the tundra mammoth until partway though cata because i never had the gold to buy it during wrath since i was more focused on raiding and keeping my gear up to date . and yes i know that was my choice even though im a mount collector im also a raider and you can only split gold so many ways. As i have already mentioned this is not going to be the only "expensive" mounts the new crafting mounts for JC and eng are sure to be pricy especially since they are going to be BOE. and there's another what 30 mounts that cost 3-5k eack from rep vendors plus the black market AH which only the 1% will ever be able to afford. Yes it great having gold sinks but when the majority of the population will probably never have that type of gold they will have nothing to sink their gold into.
Yes id like to be wrong about gold sellers coming back in force some of the casual players will see these prices for mounts and the like and feel they have no other way to stay with the curve but to buy gold again especially with the BMAH and the lvls of bidding that will go on for some of the more coveted items will probably get ridiculous.